2649 Commercial
St. SE

Salem Oregon, 97302

Call Us:
(503) 361-7973

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Open Daily:
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Online store always open

Product Standards

When you step through our doors, you know you’ve found products you can trust.

We make fresh, organic, local, fair, and sustainable products our top priority. Every product we carry is closely scrutinized by our team to ensure that it meets our high quality standards. We’re proud to carry the region’s best selection of organics because your health and the health of our community and environment matter to us.

What you won’t find at LifeSource:

Our expert buyers scrutinize every item we carry to ensure it meets our high quality standards. Our standards are based on feedback from customers like you and on regular reviews of the best environmental science.

We don’t allow scores of ingredients commonly found in foods at other stores – ingredients like artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners. You can find our full list of unacceptable ingredients for food here.

Supplements at LifeSource

Organic Food

Organic growing methods keep toxic pesticides and fertilizers, genetic engineering, sewage sludge, and irradiation out of our food … and that means out of our bodies and our ecosystems, too. Organic methods can build soil instead of depleting it, help sequester carbon, and promote biodiversity and animal welfare.

We’re proud to carry the region’s best selection of organic foods. You’ll find that our produce department is over 99% organic (the remainder is wild mushrooms, sustainably gathered from Oregon’s forests). We strive to curate a wide array of organics in all our departments, whenever they are available. Unless there is a significant price difference between an organic item and its non-organic counterpart, we typically carry only the organic version.

Whether produced overseas or in the United States, all foods labeled as organic in the United States must meet the same rigorous USDA rules and standards, and be certified by a licensed third party certifier.

Fair Trade

LifeSource is committed to the well-being of our staff, and the well-being of all individuals who work to provide the products on our shelves. At a bare minimum, we expect all companies with which we work to meet legal requirements for labor practices.

Whenever possible, we provide Fair Trade verified products, and we are committed to working with committed Fair Trade organizations like Equal Exchange and Café Mam. We have specific standards to promote worker well-being and self-determination in certain industries that have been plagued by labor abuses.

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Close to Home

LifeSource carries a huge variety of products grown and made in Oregon. We choose locally grown and produced items first and foremost because our region provides so many excellent quality products. Buying locally also reduces the distance a product is shipped (and thus, often, the amount of fuel needed to get it here), it keeps the money we spend in our local communities, and, when considered in conjunction with our other criteria of organic agriculture and sustainable packaging, promotes the continued health and sustainability of our regional ecosystems.

Sustainable Packaging​

Whenever there is an option, our buyers choose items that are the most minimally packaged, and packaged in the most sustainable materials possible: compostable, recyclable, and reusable. When an otherwise great product is offered to us in clearly unsustainable packaging, we encourage vendors to make modifications to minimize environmental impact.

We work with our vendors to foster synergies of transportation so that more products can be consolidated into fewer deliveries, reducing vendors’ fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, and building a robust network of distributors dedicated to our local communities.

We welcome our customers to fill their own clean containers in our bulk department, eliminating the use of disposable packaging altogether!

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)​

While the practice of genetic modification has been hugely controversial, one thing that is clear is that genetic modification of crops, as currently and historically practiced, has been a vehicle for big agribusiness to consolidate control of the seed industry and sell more pesticides. Today, a huge proportion of the crops grown in the United States and internationally have been genetically modified. We strongly support full transparency and labeling of genetically modified foods.

Genetically modified crops include alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, potato, soy, sugar beets, and zucchini and summer squash. Organic foods, however, cannot contain GMOs.
Since 2016, we have taken great care to disallow from our shelves any new food products containing GMOs. We recognize that there are some products on our shelves that were introduced prior to 2016 that may contain GMOs; we are currently engaged in an extensive process of identifying these at-risk “grandfathered” items and replacing them as alternatives are available.

We support the work of the Non-GMO Project. We encourage our customers to look for the Non-GMO Project butterfly seal and the USDA organic logo, both of which are assurances that a product is GMO-free.

DEPARTMENT-SPECIFIC STANDARDS

Animal Welfare

We believe that livestock have the right to live free of fear, pain, and ongoing psychological stress, that they should be able to express their natural behaviors, and that they should always be treated with care, gentleness, and respect.

We do not allow meat, dairy, or eggs to come from animals confined to cages or stalls. For poultry and eggs, this means that birds must have room to perch, nest, and stretch their wings; we prioritize meat and eggs from birds raised on pasture. For mammals (cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, etc.) we require that all animals have access to open range or pasture, except when temporary outdoor conditions may be so wet, cold, or muddy that indoor shelter is more humane. We believe that animals raised on pasture and eating grass are happier and healthier than their counterparts raised in confinement and eating grain.

We recognize that some customers believe it is unethical to consume any animal products or that taking an animal’s life for food is inherently inhumane. We also recognize that some customers consider the careful and responsible tending of animals to be key to their own health and the health of the environment. Our role is to provide the most humane choices for omnivorous customers.

Sustainable Seafood

We follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch recommendations to select seafood that is fished in ways that have less impact on the environment. We sell fresh and canned seafood that Seafood Watch lists as “Best Choices” (green), and occasionally those listed as “Good Alternatives” (yellow). We will not carry seafood that Seafood Watch lists as “Avoid” (red).

Dairy

None of the dairy products carried by LifeSource (including cheese, butter, and yogurt) is produced using the growth hormone rGBH (also known as rbST).

Health and Beauty

We’re just as concerned with what we put on our bodies as with what we put in them. We look for products made from natural ingredients that are safer for humans and the environment. With the exception of hair colorants, we consult the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” guide to cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients to evaluate the safety of body care products.

Our Shelf Tags

We’ve made it easy for you to see some of the things that make our products great, just by glancing at their shelf tags.

[OG] = USDA Certified Organic. Produced without toxic pesticides or fertilizers, genetic engineering, sewage sludge, or irradiation.
[Non-GMO] = Verified by the Non-GMO Project to be free of genetically engineered inputs.
[Fair Trade] = Produced in accordance with Fair Trade principles, as verified by the Fair Trade Federation , Small Producers’ Symbol , Fairtrade International, Fair Trade Certified, or other reputable organization. The majority of an item’s ingredients, not a single ingredient among many, must be produced with Fair Trade principles.
[Close to Home] = Locally grown or produced in Oregon. “Close to Home” items may be:

  • grown and processed in Oregon
  • transported or processed out of state, but consisting of 100% Oregon-grown ingredients
  • made or processed in Oregon, and consisting of at least three different ingredients
  • made or processed in Oregon and consisting of significantly altered non-Oregon ingredients, such as grapes turned into wine or roasted coffee

[GF] = Gluten Free. These items must be marked as gluten free by the manufacturer.

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